Tanya's Daily Scoop
CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PRAGUE
Good Day Everyone! Happy Saturday to you!
Let me catch you back up to speed...
After I had given up on Elisa and the hopes of going out to dinner last night (she was just sleeping so soundly that I didn't want to disturb her slumber) and I had munched on some Kale Popcorn - yes that was KALE...not stale, and it's one of my favorite snacks!! (click on link if you'd like to buy/try some)
I had taken off my shoes - which is a sign that I'm in for the night. And then she woke up - starving!
So we decided to go downstairs and into the square for some good fun people watching and to EAT!!!
I ordered the only thing that I felt was "vegan safe" on the menu and it was...wait for it. wait for it... TA DA it was another salad!
Friends, Family, and Fun - Having a BLAST in Prague!
This one was much more tasty and filled with a lot more color and flavor than the previous ones that I've had so far while traveling on this journey. And just to mention - Elisa's pizza looked mighty good!
So today I woke up at 7:15am - ugh, I got that feeling I hate that you get when you over sleep. This was the first morning that I woke up after 4am! And on Thursday I woke up at 2:30ish (if you recall). So waking up at 7:15a was equivalent to 2 of my recent nights sleep!
Anyhow I was up and rearing to go, and then I turned around to see what Elisa was doing and she had fell back asleep! GASP
I wasn't gonna wake her, but I was getting rather antsy!
So I figured that maybe I'll go out solo for a bit and take in some sights. But then I realized that we had already seen so much and I didn't know where I would go...
My friend Carlos (the Azorean you might recall me mentioning from a story I was telling you a few months ago) was going to spent the day with us and show us around! Because there really was soooo much more to see!
Little did I know that TODAY was going to be the BEST day in Prague EVER!!!
So much fun was had, lots and lots of laughs, and plenty of great and useful information that Carlos shared with us! Not to worry - we will pass along all of the SCOOP in the days to come...
Going up Old Town Tower - so cool
Let's take a Selfie!
Look at the tiny people!
Looking out over the Vltava River
Before going across the Charles Bridge
On the Charles Bridge
With my friend Carlos
Views of Prague
Our Lady of Victorious Church
Streets of Prague
Trains of Prague
Walkin' Talkin' Travelin' Cousins
Come along :)
And it started to rain
And we still have an Opera to go to!
(It's gonna be my first!)
So let me pictures tell a story and find out more in Elisa's column...As I go get prettified!
And then I'll catch you back here tomorrow, which is sure to be another BLAST, as Carlos will be taking us around on another Prague-Diggity-Dog Day!
From the Old Town Tower
Elisa's Daily Scoop
CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PRAGUE
A Day in Prague like a Local
AHOJ!!! (Hello in Czech)
TODAY!!! Was an Amazingly Fun Day!!
It started off with another great breakfast with my bestie cousin!!
Then, what a surprise we were in for...Tanya's friend Carlos, who is a Portuguese Ex-Pat, who lives here in Prague, met up with us early this morning!!
He was our personal tour guide and picture taker for the day and let me tell you...what a fantastic day it was!!
View of Old Town Square from Prague Tower
Have you been keeping up with our European Rail Trip Blogging? Well, if you have been, you know that I have been hit hard with the "tired stick" the past few days.
I never quite got over my jet lag and have not had the greatest of sleep the past two days.
Yesterday, Tanya had a great time (at her older cousin's expense) poking fun of my narcoleptic tendencies, falling asleep all day while touring Prague Castle, Boat riding down the Vltava and then through the Jewish Quarter.
(I would be lying if I didn't say just how much I laughed at her blog and all the pictures she snuck of me while I was snoozing!)
View of Old Town Square from Prague Tower
We had a little time after breakfast, but before Carlos was meeting us and so Tanya and I decided to take a walk up Prague Tower. We had a blast!
There were no steps - it was one, big winding ramp all the way up. The picture taking was unbelievable because the views were so spectacular.
We spent way to much time, as usual, because we just couldn't take enough pictures!!
After hooking up with Carlos, we let him take the lead and show us a great loop around the Old Town to the Charles Bridge. Walking the Bridge was filled with laughter and picture taking - just taking in the picturesque views no matter which direction we turned!
View from Prague Tower
HOWDY from Prague Tower!
I passed the Statue of St. Elisabeth, the saint that I am named after, and I'm just loving the idea that they spell it ELISAbeth here in Prague!!
We took a turn off the Bridge, once we were almost across and down the steps to Mala Strana, where we went past a number of vendors in the most picturesque area.
Adorable little hamlets of houses and buildings with flower boxes. I was STARVING, (even though we were on our way to get lunch) and I stopped to get some Macarons. I am not exaggerating when I say, these were the best macarons I have ever eaten!!
Inside entrance to Prague Tower
Tanya and I about to go across Charles Bridge
ON Charles Bridge under St. Elisabeth statue
Infant of Prague in Our Lady of Victorious Church
We really toured Prague like locals, thanks to Carlos and we even rode the trolly!!! (see Tanya's blog for pictures of us!!)
OH BABY... On our walk around, we passed a park with some of the "Baby" statues created by Czech sculpture, David Černy. We really found these statues rather hideous.
We went to Our Lady of Victorious Church, home of the Infant of Prague. Beautiful little church, which I remember well from my last trip to Prague in 2014! We also passed the Lennon Pub, which has gained much popularity.
I thought this would be a good time to do a 15 for 2015:15 Facts About Prague
1. Nicknames for Prague have included "city of a hundred spires", "the golden city", "the Left Bank of the Nineties", the "mother of cities", and "the heart of Europe"
2. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic
3. Pedestrian Charles Bridge, completed in 1402, is lined with 30 statues of saints.
3. The city is divided into 10 districts
4. Prague Castle is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest castle in the world (17,297 acres)
5. Jan Hus, religious reformer and creator of the Hussite Religion, met a very gruesome death by being burned alive for heresy for his outspoken view of the corruption of the Catholic Church.
6. The Astronomical Clock is an impressive piece of Czech (and mechanical) history and was created in 1410 by two men: Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel.
7. Franz Kafka was born in Prague (July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924) and has come to be one of the most influential writers of this century.
10 Districts of Prague
8. On the summer solstice ever year, around June 20 or 21, while viewing the sunset from the gate of the bridge tower on the Old Town end of Charles Bridge, the last rays appear precisely at the spot where the remains of St. Vitus are buried.
9. The unofficially named “John Lennon Wall” sits in a quiet corner near the Charles Bridge, filled with regularly changing portraits, Beatles lyrics and scrawled messages from international tourists.
10. It was in Prague, that the general assembly of the International Astronomical Union, which gathered Aug. 14–25, 2006 in the Czech capital, voted to redefine Pluto as a “dwarf planet” rather than a full-fledged planet, thereby decreasing the number of official planets in the solar system from nine to eight.
11. Prague sculptor, David Černy, known for his strange and unusual work, created the "Babies with bar code faces" on the castle side of the Vltava River, near the Kampa Modern Art Museum.
12.The locals drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world.
13. The Rolling Stones paid for the lighting of Prague Castle.
14. The Petřín Lookout Tower is accessible via 299 stairs. You can see a spectacular view of the city whilst on the tower and on the lookout right at the top, 51 metres high.
15.The Vltava River is the longest river in the Czech Republic and flows through the center of Prague.
Tonight, Tanya and I have a very exciting night planned - Opera tickets forDon Giovanni at the Estates Theatre!! What a way to spend our last evening in the city of 100 Spires!!
Just a little trivia about this opera. Mozart loved Prague so much and wrote Don Giovanni for the city of Prague. The Estates Theatre is the only theatre that still exists in Europe, where Mozart played.